MRSA: Public Restrooms Cleaner Than Steering Wheels

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago

The Arizona Daily Star reports that a University of Arizona researcher has tested the levels of Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) on steering wheels and seat belt buckes. Jonathan Sexton discovered the bug on 32.4 percent of these automotive surfaces; nine percent of the microbes were methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus or MRSA. In comparison, Sexton discovered just 6.3 percent of public restrooms harbored S. aureus and MRSA. Just in case you're wondering, "Staphylococcus aureus is commonly found on the skin and in the noses of healthy individuals. It may cause infections with symptoms ranging from pimples, boils and other skin conditions to life-threatening pneumonias and blood stream infections." To wit: a eighteen-year-old Virginia girl died of MRSA on Monday. We recommend some anti-bacterial wipes and a bottle of Purcel the next time you rent a car.

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  • Franz Franz on Oct 19, 2007

    Driving gloves, goggles, and high-ankled boots may be making a comeback.

  • Quasimondo Quasimondo on Oct 19, 2007

    Such reactions!!! All you have to do is run a handi-wipe around the steering wheel and gearshift knob and you're fine.

  • Aakash Aakash on Oct 19, 2007
    # Kevin Kluttz : On the other hand, you’re probably right. On the other hand, you have different fingers :P # franz : Driving gloves, goggles, and high-ankled boots may be making a comeback. That just shifts the problem elsewhere
  • Johnny Canada Johnny Canada on Oct 20, 2007

    Forget handi-wipes. What we really need is disposable cars. And guess who's already building them. See, everything is going to work out.